The Skull Defekts – “Fragrant Nimbus” (Feat. Daniel Higgs) (Stereogum Premiere)

Lungfish legend Daniel Higgs joins Swedish experimental post-punk crew the Skull Defekts as their new fifth member on Peer Amid. If you’re the Skull Defekts, Higgs is basically the best possible new contributor: Their rhythmic, muscular, psychedelic use of drone, raga, ritualistic repetition, circularity, and noise works perfectly with Higgs’ Lungfish and solo trajectories. You hear the ghost of hardcore in their approach. (You’ll also hear a sort of sweaty sexiness that’s missing too much in the underground these days.) In the past the Defekts worked with Pan Sonic and Mats Gustafsson, among others, but this is the most complete, moving immersion. The collection was recorded in Stockholm. Higgs sings, chants, incants on every track and adds various instruments to the mix. Get a taste via the excellent “Fragrant Nimbus.”

The Skull Defekts – “Fragrant Nimbus”

Peer Amid:

01 Peer Amid
02 No More Always
03 Gospel of the Skull
04 The Silver River
05 In Majestic Drag
06 Fragrant Nimbus
07 What Knives, What Birds
08 Join the True

Peer Amid is out 2/15 via Thrill Jockey. Swedish artist Frederik Söderberg did the cover, which the band says represents their music. This incarnation of the Defekts will surely rule live — Higgs is appearing with them on all the below dates. (Also, road cohort Zomes is Asa Osborne of Lungfish, of course.)

03/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club #
03/28 – Madison, WI @ TBA #
03/29 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival #
03/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center #
03/31 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout %
04/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub #
04/02 – Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab %
04/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield #
04/04 – Boston, MA @ TBA #
04/05 – Providence, RI @ Machine With Magnets #
04/06 – Scranton, PA @ Embassy Vinyl #
04/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Danger Danger Gallery #
04/08 – Baltimore, MD @ The Golden West #
04/09 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight #
04/10 – Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light #
04/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl #
04/12 – Asheville, NC @ Harvest Records #

# w/ Zomes
% w/Zomes, Mountains

The Skull Defekts 2010 Promo Photo
[Photo by Johan Döden Dahlroth]